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Thursday, April 10, 2014 -Mason County Journal- Page A-19 LEFT: Children's author Paul Owen Lewis speaks to students at Evergreen Elementary School on April 3. He told the students they shouldn't be afraid to write because they are young. BELOW: Lewis, speaking in front of a spotlight, told students about how he was inspired to write and illustrate his first book, "Davy's Dream." Journal photos by Natalie Johnson Write what you know Northwest author shares advice with 5helton students during presentation at Evergreen By NATAL4E JOHNSON natalie@masoncounty, corn When Paul Owen Lewis speaks to children, he tells them to not just read, but write about what they know. "Your life is a story -- you create it as you go," he said. Lewis, who lives on Lummi Is- land, is the author and illustrator of children's books such as "Frog Girl" and "Storm Boy." Lewis spoke to Evergreen El- ementary School students at a morning assembly April 3, to kin- dergarten through second grade af- ter lunch and to third through fifth grade in the afternoon. He also vis- ited classrooms throughout the day to answer questions from students. He also spoke to children at Mountain View Elementary, Bor- deaux Elementary and the Shelton Timberland Library last week. Lewis said he enjoys speaking to elementary school students and en- courages them to think about writing. "For me it's seeing them ... their eyes light up when I talk about not just the books I write, but my life," he said. "I'm inspiring children, first of all, to value their own experiences." Lewis said he first felt the desire to write books when he was in el- ementary school. "The reason why I grew up thinking I could never grow up and be a famous author is I didn't go to Evergreen (Elementary)," he said. see AUTHOR, page A-24 HARSTINE ISLAND NEWS Find unique buys at Wild Felid Advocacy Center's boutique 'have been watching the weather a little more closely as Judy and I have been in Kauai for our vaca- tion, and it has been warm and pleasant. I see that the day we were expected to travel home, Monday, it was supposed to be 70 de- grees. I got excited about that and then saw that Tuesday and Wednesday were back to rain. We got rained on here, but I was able By MIKE CALLAGHAN to wear shorts, flip- flops and a sleeveless T-shirt. Since I have been or- dered by several people, I will try to bring the Sunshine back home with me. Spring has sprung and that means it's time for the Wild Cat Boutique at the Harstine Island Community Hall. The boutique benefits the Wild Felid Advocacy Center -- Washing- ton's wild cat sanctu- ary -- and Adopt-A- Pet in Shelton. Stop by for some great buys, unique items, vendors, food, fun and visits by the costumed lion. It will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19. The center re- ceives no state or federal fund- ing and depends on the public to help with their mission of providing the wild cats with lifelong safe haven and public education. For information, contact the center at 427-4466. Last week I mentioned there was going to be a women's club craft fair held at this same time and place. The craft fair has been postponed and will be rescheduled. The upcoming community club meeting April 11 will fea- ture the third installment of the series "History of Harstine Island Clubs & Organiza- tions." This month's program will begin with Barbara La June sharing the history of senior lunch, followed by April Hansen's presentation Of Neighborhood Watch. Arlen Morris will talk about Inquir- ing Minds and Patsy Glaser Gibson will present the his- tory of the grange. Let's not forget this meet- ing will include the annual Harstine Island Community Club Chili Cook Off. Members are invited to cook up their favorite brand of chili and enter it in the contest. People who attend the meeting will have a chance to sample all the entries and vote on their favorite. This is always a fun event and I think the tasters get to have the most fun. The April meet- ing will take place on April 11. The doors open at 6 p.m., but if you have a chili entry you might want to get there just a little earlier. The pot- luck dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will start at 7 p.m. Our island is bursting with activities all happening at our historic hall. This series is represent- ing the how, when and why of these clubs and organizations. All are invited to share in their histories as part of the Centennial Celebration. The women's club is again offering scholarships for those entering or continuing in an institution of higher educa- tion. Applicants must be resi- dents of Harstine Island. see HARSTINE, page A-24